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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry...

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The Race to Gigabit is About Business

The cable companies racing to Gigabit networks isn't about delivering ultra-fast broadband to consumers. The Gigabit announcements get them good PR...

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Four Ways Cable Operators Can Boost the Customer Experience

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

The customer experience has always mattered, but its importance has grown in recent years. This has been driven by increased global competition, including the almost instant availability of alternations, and the rising expectations by fickle and informed consumer. Yet, cable operators have a long way to travel if they want to deliver the customer experience (CX) that consumers demand.

The Temkin Group’s Q3 2014 survey of 10,000 US consumers’ opinions about goods and services registered the lowest ranking average Net Promoter Score (NPS) for pay TV providers, a telling statistic. Internet service providers did almost as poorly, coming in only one position higher.

“As technology innovations drive shifts in consumer behavior and open new service opportunities, operators must start eliminating pain points,” stressed Alcatel-Lucent’s Nicholas Cadwgan in a recent TechZine article, Cable MSOs transform the customer experience. “This includes any obstacles that will impede their ability to launch and provide adequate care and quality assurance for those services.”

Cadwgan lays out four customer experience management (CEM) areas that cable operators should focus on.

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HP Can't Compete in Public Cloud as Amazon Machine Learning Launches

There are long-term trends in technology we all know are happening. Computers will get more powerful. More devices will be connected. Finally,...

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Citrix and Grasshopper Make a Good Pair

Citrix has many products - DaaS, NetScaler, ZenApp, SingleSignon and the GoTo suite of products: GoToAssist, GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar, Podio...

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What to expect at MWC 2015

February 3, 2015

Mobile World Congress is right around the corner. While there are some constants, such as crowds, lots of walking, even more meetings and those ubiquitous cheese and/or jamon sandwiches for lunch, there are changes in messaging from year to year.  This year’s theme is “The Edge of Innovation” but I’m not sure MWC is the place to go for intense innovation.  Sure, there will be new smartphones announced which are innovative from a continued evolution standpoint, and I think we’ll see a spate of 5G messaging (even though it’s not defined yet) but you’ll have to dig deep for some innovation. 

Changing the SIM game

January 27, 2015

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments.  And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.”

Wow, this is pretty different. 

WebRTC and the Enterprise

January 20, 2015

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought it read “How WebRTC can SAVE the Enterprise.”  So I was like “wow, that’s an interesting thought” because I didn’t know the Enterprise needed to be saved.

The enterprise though has always been about delivering better services, yet doing so at a reduced cost.  This dichotomy has driven a lot of innovation.  Over the summer, I wrote a blog about speech analytics that touched on this same theme.

What is 5G?

January 13, 2015

VoLTE Performance

January 6, 2015

One of my predictions for 2015 related to VoLTE and Value-Added Services (VAS) starting to appear in relation to VoLTE.  I wanted to give a little background on why I said that.  It basically comes down to VoLTE working.

In the summer there was some buzz made when Signals Research Group put out a paper about VoLTE performance.

WebRTC: The Transition From Hype to Reality - Part 2

December 30, 2014

In Part 1 of this series, I argued that the WebRTC movement has a lot of striking parallels to that of VoIP, such as both technologies being dubbed seminal events, experiencing architectural challenges and progressing through various stages of deployment. In other words, both technologies followed the standard hype curve through the excitement phase and, now, it remains to be seen whether WebRTC, like VoIP, will move successfully into reality.

Do I think we are going to suddenly find that WebRTC has moved forward at warp speed? I think we will.

WebRTC: The Transition From Hype to Reality - Part 1

December 23, 2014

When I started preparing my keynote presentation for WebRTC Conference and Expo V in November, there was one central message I hoped to get across: WebRTC is developing along a normal evolutionary track and it’s up to us to continue to move the technology forward from hype to reality.

I’ve been involved with WebRTC since the beginning and we all know there was a considerable amount of enthusiasm at the start. But this year, some of that excitement started to wane. And that’s probably because WebRTC is no longer new; it’s no longer the shiny object.

The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

December 16, 2014

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling traffic on LTE/IMS networks as well as enabling secure signaling interworking of LTE/IMS networks with other networks.  The DSCs first rolled out were the Diameter Routing Agents (DRAs) which were really designed for load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling traffic. And these have seemingly worked well since we have not heard of any major Diameter signaling storms since the first LTE networks were deployed. Whether it’s because the DRAs are deployed or because the existing equipment could handle it is somewhat up for debate, but clearly in the early days of LTE rollouts there were a couple of high profile outages related to signaling storms.

2015 Predictions

December 9, 2014

Last week, I graded myself on the predictions I made for 2014.  This week, I’ll make my predictions for 2015.  It may be the same as asking a Magic 8 ball, or in the case of that picture, using a Magic 8 ball phone app which you use by turning the phone over and shaking it…

My first prediction is that you’ll start to hear about 5G

Grading 2014 Predictions

December 2, 2014

 I made some bold predictions last year.  Now is the time to face the music and grade myself.

1. Last year I predicted we’d start to see much more messaging and “cool apps” with voice inclusion.

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